Published: Wed, April 17, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Seahawks Sign Russell Wilson To Contract Extension

Seahawks Sign Russell Wilson To Contract Extension

Wilson is now tied to the Seahawks through the 2023 season with a deal that includes a no-trade clause.

ESPN's Brady Henderson reports Russell Wilson reached a new four-year contract deal with the Seattle Seahawks, which includes a $140 million extension with a $65 million signing bonus and now makes him the highest-paid National Football League player in history. The two sides agreed on a four-year, $87.6 million deal at the last minute.

Russell Wilson could be on his way out, but that's only if there's a team insane enough to pay an incredibly high price for the former Super Bowl champ. The Pittsburgh Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger could get a new contract soon, too, as may Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota - depending on how their respective teams (the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tennessee Titans) feel about them. He's the franchise quarterback, one play call away from being a Super Bowl champion and someone that the Seahawks, or any team in the league, would not be looking to remove and replace.

The counterpoint is that this strategy led Wilson to his most efficient season (a 110.9 QB rating, and a 35-to-7 touchdowns-to-interception ratio) in 2018. There had been some building chatter about his potential departure from the franchise if a new deal wasn't met, but this officially dismisses that possibility altogether. He posted a video in bed with his wife, singer Ciara, and said, "Hey, Seattle". "Go Hawks. But I'ma see y'all in the morning".

Wilson's new deal also gives the Eagles, Cowboys, and Chiefs a barometer for how to proceed with a deal for Carson Wentz, Patrick Mahomes, and Dak Prescott. Ian Rapoport reported that $107 million of the deal is guaranteed. Though he's played through various injuries in his career, he's never missed a start since his rookie year, and he's played at a superlative level despite awful offensive line play through most of his career, and some highly limited passing concepts.

Ever since Wilson arrived, they've won at least nine games every year and made the playoff each year except for 2017.

"I know he's my husband and of course you're gonna think the world of your partner, but I really do believe he's one of the best ever to do it, and it's really cool to watch him on his journey", Ciara continued.

He's also been extremely durable, never missing a game while playing through significant knee, ankle and shoulder injuries.

Wilson's new deal was going to have to top the extension signed by Rodgers before the start of last season. So, I'm really proud of him and excited for him no matter what.

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